Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ceisteanna (1212)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

1212. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the annual support of €75 has been introduced to help with the costs of bin charges for those that need it; and when this will be implemented. [18534/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

My Department continues to engage with a number of relevant stakeholders and agencies including the HSE and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in an effort to develop a mechanism to provide a support for vulnerable persons with a condition such as lifelong or long-term medical incontinence to help meet the average annual cost of disposing of this element of their domestic waste. I am informed that this process has taken longer than envisaged, due to a number of issues, including data protection issues that have arisen since the introduction of GDPR. However, I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to introducing an annual support as soon as practically possible in conjunction with relevant agencies and stakeholders.